Potato industry must resolve concerns over CIPC use or risk losing it, Potato Council warns

The future of the potato spout suppressant chlorpropham (CIPC) is in doubt after it was found exceeding statutory limits in produce, according to the Potato Council.

Potato Council Storage Day - image: Potato Council
Potato Council Storage Day - image: Potato Council

Its head of R&D Mike Storey said: "If the industry fails to resolve concerns, then the official body concerned – the Advisory Committee on Pesticides – will have no choice but to recommend regulatory action to Minsters.

"That could result in the withdrawal of CIPC, which would have serious implications for the potato industry as for many businesses there are no alternatives."

The use of CIPC will be a key theme at the Potato Council's Storage Day, held at its Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research (SBCSR) in Norfolk on 29 November.

This will include a question-and-answer session on the topic, while SBCSR head Adrian Cunnington will describe how to use the chemical most effectively without exceeding maximums.

"If good practice is not followed, in terms of both store management and application, the Maximum Residue Level (MRL) can be exceeded," he warned.

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